2016–17 I-League

The 2016–17 I-League was the 10th season of the I-League, the top Indian professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 2007. The season began on 7 January 2017 and concluded on 30 April 2017.[1]

I-League
Season2016–17
ChampionsAizawl
RelegatedMumbai
Champions LeagueAizawl
AFC CupBengaluru FC
Matches played90
Goals scored225 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorerAser Pierrick Dipanda (11 goals)
Best goalkeeperDebjit Majumder
Albino Gomes
(8 clean sheets)
Biggest home winBengaluru 7–0 DSK Shivajians
(22 April 2017)
Biggest away winMinerva Punjab 0–5 East Bengal
(29 January 2017)
Highest scoringChurchill Brothers 4–5 Minerva Punjab
(19 February 2017)
Longest winning runEast Bengal
(6 games)
Longest unbeaten runEast Bengal
Mohun Bagan
(9 games)
Longest winless runMumbai
(16 games)
Longest losing runMumbai
(6 games)
Highest attendance29,067
East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan
(12 February 2017)
Lowest attendance300
Minerva Punjab vs Chennai City
(8 April 2017)
Total attendance470,941
Average attendance5,233
All statistics correct as of 30 April 2017.

Aizawl won their first title on the final day after securing a draw against Shillong Lajong on 30 April 2017. Defending champions Bengaluru FC finished in the fourth place. Dempo had entered the league after being promoted from the I-League 2nd Division but withdrew from the league along with Salgaocar and Sporting Goa. Aizawl were reinstated into the league after being relegated while Churchill Brothers, Chennai City, and Minerva Punjab were granted direct-entry into the I-League.

TeamsEdit

Ten teams are competing in the league. The majority of the teams from the previous season as well as recently promoted Dempo were originally supposed to compete this season. Dempo were promoted to the I-League on 30 May 2016, defeating Minerva Academy 3–1.[2] Aizawl were relegated from the I-League the previous season, despite finishing above last place DSK Shivajians who were exempt from relegation. However, on 27 September 2016, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced that Aizawl would be reinstated into the I-League for the 2016–17 season.[3]

Throughout the summer of 2016, the three Goan I-League clubs – Dempo, Salgaocar, and Sporting Goa – had been indecisive over their participation in the league. On 24 June 2016 it was first announced that Salgaocar and Sporting Goa would withdraw from the I-League following their displeasure over the proposed roadmap for Indian football for the 2017–18 season, with Dempo also threatening to do so next.[4] However, in September 2015 it was revealed that despite withdrawing Sporting Goa and Dempo still submitted their AFC Licensing documents needed for I-League play.[5] It was then revealed on 10 November that both Sporting Goa and Dempo were given national licenses for the I-League.[6] Despite this though, however, on 22 November 2016 it was officially announced by Sporting Goa that they would withdraw from the I-League for good.[7]

As well as dealing with the Goan clubs potential exit from the league, the AIFF have also worked on providing direct-entry for certain clubs into the I-League for this season. On 26 October 2016 it was revealed that both Minerva Academy and FC Bardez had submitted documents for direct-entry into the I-League.[8] However, on 23 November, it was announced that the AIFF would be issuing new tenders for a direct-entry side in the league after none of the three sides which applied fulfilled the financial criteria.[9]

On 8 December 2016, after Dempo confirmed their exit from the league, the AIFF reinstated Churchill Brothers into the I-League.[10] Finally, on 11 December 2016, the AIFF granted direct-entry to both Chennai City and Minerva Punjab to bring the number of teams in the league to ten.[11]

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aizawl Aizawl, Mizoram Rajiv Gandhi Stadium 5,000[12]
Bengaluru FC Bangalore, Karnataka Sree Kanteerava Stadium 24,000[13]
Chennai City Chennai, Tamil Nadu Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 40,000[14]
Churchill Brothers Vasco da Gama, Goa Tilak Maidan Stadium 12,000[15]
DSK Shivajians Pune, Maharashtra Balewadi Stadium 12,000[16]
East Bengal Kolkata, West Bengal Barasat Stadium 22,000[17]
Minerva Punjab Ludhiana, Punjab Guru Nanak Stadium 15,000[18]
Mohun Bagan Kolkata, West Bengal Rabindra Sarobar Stadium 22,000[19]
Mumbai Mumbai, Maharashtra Cooperage Ground 5,000[20]
Shillong Lajong Shillong, Meghalaya Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium 30,000[21]

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Head coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Aizawl   Khalid Jamil Vamos NE Consultancy Services
Bengaluru FC   Albert Roca Puma JSW Group
Chennai City   V Soundararajan Classic Polo Baako
Churchill Brothers   Derrick Pereira Strikke Sports Churchill Group
DSK Shivajians   Dave Rogers Nivia DSK Group
East Bengal   Mridul Banerjee Shiv Naresh Kingfisher
Minerva Punjab   Surinder Singh T10 Sports Indian Armed Forces
Mohun Bagan   Sanjoy Sen Shiv Naresh None
Mumbai   Oscar Bruzon Nivia Playwin
Shillong Lajong   Thangboi Singto Adidas Gionee

Head coaching changesEdit

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming head coach Date of
appointment
Bengaluru FC   Ashley Westwood End of Contract 1 June 2016[22] Pre-season   Albert Roca 6 July 2016[23]
DSK Shivajians   Derrick Pereira Resigned 8 June 2016[24]   Dave Rogers 14 June 2016[25]
Mumbai   Khalid Jamil Resigned 15 June 2016[26]   Santosh Kashyap 22 June 2016[27]
Aizawl   K. Malsawmkima Assistant coach 20 December 2016[28]   Khalid Jamil 20 December 2016[28]
Chennai City   Robin Charles Raja Sacked 7 February 2017[29] 10th   V Soundararajan 9 February 2017[30]
Churchill Brothers   Alfred Fernandes Assistant Coach 17 February 2017[31]   Derrick Pereira 17 February 2017[31]
Mumbai   Santosh Kashyap Sacked 18 March 2017[32]   Óscar Bruzón 19 March 2017[33]
East Bengal   Trevor Morgan Resigned 17 April 2017[34] 3rd   Mridul Banerjee 18 April 2017[35]

Foreign playersEdit

A team can register up to four foreign players, of which one should compulsorily be a national of an Asian Country.[36]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Aizawl   Kamo Stephane Bayi   Alfred Jaryan   Kingsley Obumneme   Mahmoud Amnah
Bengaluru FC   John Johnson   Marjan Jugović   Juanan   Cameron Watson
Chennai City   Charles   Marcos Thank   Echezona Anyichie
Churchill Brothers   Ansumana Kromah   Anthony Wolfe   Bektur Talgat Uulu
DSK Shivajians   Saša Kolunija   Shane McFaul   Juan Quero   Kim Song-yong
East Bengal   Wedson Anselme   Willis Plaza   Ivan Bukenya   Chris Payne
Minerva Punjab   Victor Amobi   Loveday Enyinnaya   Kareem Omolaja   Sang-Min Kim
Mohun Bagan   Eduardo Ferreira   Sony Norde   Darryl Duffy   Katsumi Yusa
Mumbai   Densill Theobald   Djelaludin Sharityar
Shillong Lajong   Fábio Pena   Aser Pierrick Dipanda   Dan Ignat   Yuta Kinowaki

ResultsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Aizawl (C) 18 11 4 3 24 14 +10 37 Qualification to Champions League qualifier
2 Mohun Bagan 18 10 6 2 27 12 +15 36
3 East Bengal 18 10 3 5 33 15 +18 33
4 Bengaluru FC 18 8 6 4 30 15 +15 30 Qualification to AFC Cup qualifying play-off[a]
5 Shillong Lajong 18 7 5 6 24 23 +1 26
6 Churchill Brothers 18 5 5 8 24 26 −2 20
7 DSK Shivajians 18 4 6 8 22 30 −8 18
8 Chennai City 18 4 5 9 15 29 −14 17
9 Minerva Punjab 18 2 7 9 17 33 −16 13[b]
10 Mumbai (R) 18 2 7 9 9 28 −19 13[b] Relegation to I-League 2nd Division
Source: IndiaFooty.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Bengaluru FC qualified for the 2018 AFC Cup by winning the 2016–17 Federation Cup.
  2. ^ a b Minerva Punjab ahead of Mumbai on head-to-head record; Minerva Punjab–Mumbai 2–1, Mumbai–Minerva Punjab 0–0

Results tableEdit

Home \ Away AFC BFC CCFC CB DSK EB MP MB MFC SLFC
Aizawl 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
Bengaluru FC 1–0 2–0 3–0 7–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–0
Chennai City 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–4
Churchill Brothers 1–3 2–1 6–1 3–0 0–2 4–5 2–1 1–2 0–0
DSK Shivajians 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 4–4 0–0 5–0 2–3
East Bengal 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1
Minerva Punjab 2–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–5 0–1 2–1 1–2
Mohun Bagan 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–0
Mumbai 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–4 0–0 0–0 1–1
Shillong Lajong 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: I-League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

As of 30 April 2017[37]

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref
  C.K. Vineeth Bengaluru FC Mumbai 3–0 18 January 2017 [38]
  Wedson Anselme East Bengal Minerva Punjab 5–0 29 January 2017 [39]
  Bektur Talgat Uulu 4 Churchill Brothers Chennai City 6–1 22 April 2017 [40]

4 Player scored 4 goals.

Fair playEdit

Churchill Brothers led the fair play table at the end of the season.[41]

Rank Team Total Points
1
Churchill Brothers
8.07
2
Chennai City
7.91
3
Shillong Lajong
7.79
4
Bengaluru FC
7.76
DSK Shivajians
7.76
6
Aizawl
7.74
7
East Bengal
7.73
8
Minerva Punjab
7.69
9
Mumbai
7.63
10
Mohun Bagan
7.49

AttendanceEdit

As of 30 April 2017

Average home attendancesEdit

Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
East Bengal 9 88,537 29,067 2,351 9,726
Bengaluru FC 9 78,771 12,642 5,311 8,752
Mohun Bagan 9 71,199 23,859 3,256 7,911
Aizawl 9 62,488 11,000 4,725 6,943
Shillong Lajong 9 56,200 23,700 3,200 6,244
Chennai City 9 26,538 5,434 1,123 2,949
Minerva Punjab 9 24,814 5,169 300 2,757
Churchill Brothers 9 23,044 3,927 1,736 2,560
Mumbai 9 19,319 3,624 838 2,145
DSK Shivajians 9 10,051 1,547 648 1,118
Total 90 470,941 29,067 300 5,233

Highest attendancesEdit

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Stadium
1 East Bengal 0–0 Mohun Bagan 29,067 12 February 2017 (2017-02-12) Kanchenjunga Stadium
2 Mohun Bagan 2–1 East Bengal 23,859 9 April 2017 (2017-04-09) Kanchenjunga Stadium
3 Shillong Lajong 1–1 Aizawl 23,700 30 April 2017 (2017-04-30) JLN Stadium
4 East Bengal 1–1 Aizawl 12,700 7 January 2017 (2017-01-07) Barasat Stadium
5 Bengaluru FC 1–3 East Bengal 12,642 25 February 2017 (2017-02-25) Sree Kanteerava Stadium

AwardsEdit

Hero of the MatchEdit

Round Hero of the Matches
1   Kingsley Obumneme   Udanta Singh   Thoi Singh   Kingsley Fernandes   Karanjit Singh
2   Mahmoud Amnah   Darryl Duffy   Willis Plaza   Karanjit Singh   Adil Khan
3   Mahmoud Amnah   Jeje Lalpekhlua   Milan Singh   Lalrindika Ralte   C.K. Vineeth
4   Rupert Nongrum   Jerry Mawihmingthanga   Marcos Thank   Ivan Bukenya   Jayesh Rane
5   Saša Kolunija   Chesterpoul Lyngdoh   Aser Pierrick Dipanda   Marcos Thank   Wedson Anselme
6   Aser Pierrick Dipanda   Alfred Jaryan   Rowilson Rodrigues   Willis Plaza   Katsumi Yusa
7   Anirudh Thapa   Prabir Das   Vishal Kaith   Wedson Anselme   Holicharan Narzary
8   Kingsley Obumneme   Charles   Shane McFaul   Sunil Chhetri   Rehenesh TP
9   Brandon Fernandes   Albino Gomes   Laxmikant Kattimani   Vishal Kaith   Vinit Rai
10   Anthony Wolfe   Aser Pierrick Dipanda   Densil Theobald   Balwant Singh   Laldanmawia Ralte
11   Brandon Vanlalremdika   Robin Singh   Anthony Wolfe   Arnab Das Sharma   Vishal Kaith
12   Aser Pierrick Dipanda   Chesterpoul Lyngdoh   Kamo Stephane Bayi   Lenny Rodrigues   Nanda Kumar
13   Nim Dorjee Tamang   Laldanmawia Ralte   Naveen Kumar   Daniel Lalhlimpuia   Sony Norde
14   Kareem Omolaja   Holicharan Narzary   Arindam Bhattacharya   Vishal Kaith   Karanjit Singh
15   Michael Soosairaj   Milan Singh   Laxmikant Kattimani   Jayesh Rane   Sony Norde
16   Cameron Watson   Kamo Stephane Bayi   Krishna Pandit   Jerry Mawihmingthanga   Karanjit Singh
17   Zohmingliana Ralte   Bektur Talgat Uulu   Sunil Chhetri   Rowllin Borges   Isaac Vanlalsawma
18   Mandar Rao Desai   Bikash Jairu   Kim Song-yong   Kamo Stephane Bayi   Sony Norde

Season awardsEdit

Hero I-League 2016–17 awards were voted by coaches and captains of the participating teams.[42]

Award Recipient
Hero of the League Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
Best Goalkeeper Debjit Majumder (Mohun Bagan)
Jarnail Singh Best Defender Anas Edathodika (Mohun Bagan)
Best Midfielder Alfred Jaryan (Aizawl)
Best Striker Aser Pierrick Dipanda (Shillong Lajong)
Emerging Player Jerry Lalrinzuala (DSK Shivajians)
Syed Abdul Rahim Best Coach Khalid Jamil (Aizawl)
Best Organizers DSK Shivajians
Bengaluru FC
Fairplay award Churchill Brothers
Best referee Pranjal Banerjee

See alsoEdit

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